a street said that she has a conference called, she had done 20, 30 interviews and speeches during the course of the conference and her voice simply had given out. on the second extraordinary incident, that protest by the prankster. i've never seen such a significant security lapse at a conference before. where the protester was able to get right up the protester was able to get right up in the prime minister was not face for 20, 30 seconds and then was ushered out. not by the prime minister and her security detail but the conference security here and there will be some very hard questions asked about how on earth that could have happened. the prankster we understand has been arrested for a bridge of the piece, all of which has completely sidelined the big policy announcements and matt and particular in terms of the energy cap, it seems the government is going to move very quickly on that. and they will introduce draft legislation next week to look at an energy cap on all 17 million customers who have variable energy
bills. but i think one thing people will take away from this conference is how the speech, what has happened will just have reignited willjust have reignited doubts about theresa may and her physical and political strength and whether she has the wherewithal to carry on as prime minister. norman, thank you. time for a look at the weather. here's alina jenkins. contrasts across the country today, southern counties holding onto the sunshine but further north already some rain across northern england, southern and western parts of scotla nd southern and western parts of scotland and northern ireland. these areas will have the lion's share of the rain through the afternoon becoming more heavy and persistent. but further north a few blustery showers but also some spells of sunshine. but also feeling chilly in the strong wind. that will slowly ease down through the day. but for rush hour looking very wet across
these northern parts. some of the rain extending into parts of wales. but by and large the further south you are you should stay largely dry through daylight hours. a little more clout than yesterday. the wind more clout than yesterday. the wind more brisk so feeling that little bit cooler. but we keep our eye on this area of low pressure bringing the wettest weather across northern ireland, western parts of scotland, northern england overnight. the rain continued to move south but accompanied also by strong wind especially for wales, the bristol channel, midlands and east anglia. but a mild night to come than the onejust gone with but a mild night to come than the one just gone with loans of between nine, 13 degrees. the strength of the wind gives cause for concern through the early hours of tomorrow especially through wales and the midlands. a very blustery start to the day for central and southern england. but the rain clears south taking the strongest winds with it. still quite windy day with a few
showers feeding across on that win. but many places dry with sunshine, quite cool with temperatures of 12, 17 celsius. the wind slowly easing down tomorrow night and foremost the skies become largely clear so on friday some rural spots could just see some frost in places. but for most bright with some sunshine. the cloud building through the day from the west. bringing in a little bit of rain but otherwise a dry day. and the cloud comes ahead of this frontal system which moves across the country as we go into saturday bringing afairly the country as we go into saturday bringing a fairly unsettled start to the weekend. no work reliably dry on saturday but not raining all the time. a noticeable westerly winds up quite a cool fuel. but sunday will be the better dave the weekend, mainly dry apart from a bit of rain in the western highlands. a reminder of our main story this lunchtime. 0ne
one of the most gruelling speeches of her career as theresa may tries to write a party at the conservative party conference. the prime minister battled through repeated coughing fits as she made promises to build a new generation of council houses and impose the price cap on the domestic energy market. that's all from the bbc news at one — so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. have a good afternoon. good afternoon. here is a look at the sport. we begin with cricket. the former england batsman marcus trescothick says it will be a ‘huge blow‘ for the side if ben stokes does not travel to australia for the ashes. the test vice captain will be withdrawn from the squad if he remains under police investigation when the tour begins. stokes was arrested following an incident outside a bristol nightclub last month. no charges have yet been brought, with police putting no timescale on the inquiry. the team flies out to australia on the 28th of october.
ben is such a key player. when you see the likes of jack kallis of south africa, it makes such a difference to a team when you have the genuine all—rounder position. ben has been that for england for a couple of years now. i think it would be very tricky to go down there and really win the ashes, but you never know. you cannot rely on one person is to win any competition, but it would go a long way because of the role they play so it would be a big loss. stooke's team—mate jack fearn has failed a drug test. he failed the test after providing a sample in september.
durham say he will receive their support as long as the professional cricketers association and the ecb. leicester city's appeal to register adrien silva has been rejected by fifa. the foxes and the football association had asked fifa to ratify the midfielder‘s transfer after the paperwork for the £22 million deadline day move from sporting lisbon was submitted 1a seconds late. but it's been denied and silva, who helped portugal win euro 2116, will now not be registered to play for leicester until january. there is an important meeting of premier league clubs in london today — as they discuss how to share out money from future international broadcasting rights. under pressure from the six richest teams, the league's executive chairman richard scudamore has proposed ending the 25 years of the equal sharing of that income. the so—called ‘big six' want their greater global appeal to be reflected in the division. aljaz bedene is out of the china open. the british number three had to retire hurt in his second round match against fifth seed
roberto bautista agut, due to a knee problem. he struggled from the start and lost ten straight games before retiring. british ice dancers penny coomes and nick buckland say they have no concerns over competing at next year's winter olympics in south korea, despite the tense political situation currently in the region. the pair have qualified for their third olympic games, just over a year after coomes broke her kneecap in eight places. we have got a really bored and preparation to the games and we want to get there fit, ready to go and oui’ to get there fit, ready to go and our personal best score is. let the decisions be made by the ioc and i am sure we have always felt extremely safe at the olympic games. we have been to two before and the security is never better, so leave that to the ioc. great britain's women have given strong performances. to leave them well—placed to secure finals spots at the world gymnastics championships in montreal.
0lympic floor bronze medallist amy tinkler only recently returned to training after injury, but the 17—year—old looks likely to make the all—around final. claudia fragapanny scored well on the floor, while georgia—mae fenton performed well on uneven bars. that is all the sport for now. more on the bbc sport website. i will be back with more in the next hour. thank you. let's return to our main story. theresa may has struggled to deliver her keynote speech to delegates at the conservative party conference in manchester. the prime minister suffered coughing fits throughout her address which was also interrupted by a well—known prankster — who handed her a piece of paper marked p45. while our opponents flirt with the foreign policy of neutrality and prepare for a run on the ground. some people say we have spent too
much time talking aboutjeremy corbyn's past. you may not have heard me say that, so some people say we have spent too much time talking about jeremy corbyn's say we have spent too much time talking aboutjeremy corbyn's past. cheering and applause out! out! shall we... 7 cheering and applause cheering and applause
i was about to talk about somebody i would like to give a p 45 to, and thatis would like to give a p 45 to, and that is jeremy would like to give a p 45 to, and that isjeremy corbyn. throughout her speech theresa may was forced to pause — due to a sore throat. she clears throat so... excuse me. we will never hesitate to act where businesses are not operating as they should, that this party celebrate the wealth creators, the
risk—takers, the innovators and entrepreneurs. applause she clears throat cheering and applause thank you. she clears throat applause i hope you noticed that, the chancellor giving something away free. the prime minister apologised for the pa rty‘s performance in the general election — saying the conservatives had not got the victory they wanted. 0ur our national campaign fell short. it was too scripted, to presidential, and it allowed the labour party to paint us as the boys of continuity when the public wanted to hear a message of change. —— the voice of
continuity. i take responsibility. message of change. —— the voice of continuity. itake responsibility. i led the campaign and i am sorry. theresa may also pledged to take on the problem of lack of affordable housing and reigniting the british dream of homeownership. and today i can announce we will invest an additional £2 billion in affordable housing, ticking the government's total for housing, ticking the government's totalfor dumbing housing, ticking the government's total for dumbing housing budget housing, ticking the government's totalfor dumbing housing budget to almost £9 billion. applause —— affordable housing. applause -- affordable housing. we will encourage councils and housing associations to bid for this money and provide certainty over future rent levels. and in those parts of the country where they need is greatest, allow homes to be built for social rent well below market level. getting government back into
the business of building houses. a new generation of council houses to help fix our broken housing market. david 0rr is the chief executive of the national housing federation — which represents the work of housing associations and campaigns for better housing. i guess you are pleased with what you heard. very pleased. it is understood in the nation for quite a while now that we have a housing crisis, a broken housing market is the government described earlier this year. but we have not had the money and we have not had the measures in place to tackle it fully. for a long time i think the government was kind of stuck in thinking that only things that supported under occupation were helpful. and of course any functioning housing market needs renting and owner occupied to and this is the first time since 2010 that there has been a new public money for genuinely affordable rented homes for people on low
incomes. big progress. £2 billion. how much difference does that actually make? housing associations can take money from government and match it to very considerable private borrowing, so £2 billion, i think we could probably provide 50 or 60,000 new or genuinely new affordable homes with that but it partly depends on getting access to land. if we had more access to public land for example. if we can build for sale and rent for market and subsidised we can bring our own cross subsidy in so it does make a big difference, but it is really important that the government accepts that it has a critical role to play. the prime minister spoke about grenfell tower. i am just wondering how much we will look back and see that as a watershed moment in government policy. they think it is absolutely essential that it is a watershed moment. something as horrific as that has to be a moment
of pause when you take stock and say, are the things we can do d iffere ntly7 say, are the things we can do differently7 we have not spent enough money, or built ten of new homes for a0 years. this will help. but particularly in the last few yea rs we have but particularly in the last few years we have ignored the needs of people on the lowest incomes and there is now a chance to change that. is it, as critics suggest not, value for money? building new homes with government subsidies for social rent huge value for money. 0ver with government subsidies for social rent huge value for money. over the lifetime of the home it is much, much cheaper than housing benefit on high rents, and at present we are wasting the nominal sums of public money paying housing benefit on very high rents. in the private sector that money basically goes to subsidise landlords profits. for housing associations any profits we make get reinvested in delivering high—quality homes and services.
hgppy high—quality homes and services. happy and surprised two words for you7 happy and surprised two words for you? the last few days of the conservative party conference i would have been surprised at the was not there. huge mood change, but happy for sure. thank you for coming in. back to manchester and vicki young is there in full voice. actually i have quite a croaky voice so my sympathy is subtly with the primers to. a lot of conference called around. the issue is whether it completely detracts from the speech she made a weathered the fact she was resilient and carried on, thatis she was resilient and carried on, that is what cabinet ministers are saying to us. one of them with me is jeremy hunt. it is a nightmare scenario. you the prime minister on there but the pressure and people are talking about making the speed of your life and your voice goes. it must have been awful. it was the ultimate tough gig. people watching at home have gone to work with coughs and colds, but to do it with every broadcaster in the treat zooming a every broadcaster in the treat
zooming a camera every broadcaster in the treat zooming a camera in it you is hugely challenging but she battled on and what people would take away from that curiously is that sense of duty. she has notjust had a tough day, but a tough few months, not getting the election result she wanted and i think it is that sense of duty that has kept her on the road and wanting to do the right thing for the country came across very strongly in between the coughs. in terms of the substance, what is significant about to dave, she was basically saying if you are a student who may have supported jeremy corbyn, someone trying to get on the housing ladder who may have switched to labour for the first time, if you are worried about the cost of lending, we want to earn back your support. these are measures that will make a significant difference —— cost of living. we can't solve the things overnight. a lot of promises being made from jeremy corbyn for instant solving problems, but in reality it took us seven years to put the
economy back on its feet and create all those jobs and we are now in a position where we can start spending money on these things and i think people will see this as a conservative party that is not complacent, we are going after every single vote and we have listened to the electorate and the message is there. i will come to the energy cup ina there. i will come to the energy cup in a second but quickly and security, that must have been a real worry for people like you, cabinet ministers who want to be protected, he got incredibly close to the prime minister and seem to be a very long time. lots of people will have noticed that and have those thoughts, but you will understand this is a security matter that will get a full review when something like that happens, i understand someone has been arrested by greater manchester police. security has to be paramount. we will all want to know exactly how that could have happened. moving to the energy cup, we read it will apply to all standard variable rates, a draft bill is ready to go but the government are still waiting to hear from jen, do you agree with the
intervention in what is supposed to bea intervention in what is supposed to be a market? we believe in markets in the conservative party but we also want to step in when markets are failing. the problem with the syste m are failing. the problem with the system at the moment it's people on a standard variable tariff are often the first consumers, who actually need the lowest bills, and the market isjust failing need the lowest bills, and the market is just failing at the moment. what we are saying is that we will give the regulatory power to step in and make sure that those standard variable tariff is our cab and a lot of people welcome that. standard variable tariff is our cab and a lot of people welcome thatm there a danger that you are seen as corbyn light because he is coming up with policies and tuition fees that go further, on housing, markets, renationalising and making things work better for consumers, is renationalising and making things work betterfor consumers, is not a danger that people say you were just chasing around and not doing it to the same extent? tuition fees is the difference between the two parties, an example, he promised he was going to cancel student debt after the election he said he can't do that and can't afford it. we want to be the party that makes real promises
and wants to listen to those students who didn't support us in the last election and we want to do what we can. this week we have said something very significant for students which is you won't have to repay your debt until you are earning £25,000. that is a big improvement for students but it is one we can actually deliver. improvement for students but it is one we can actually deliverlj improvement for students but it is one we can actually deliver. i think thatis one we can actually deliver. i think that is what people will notice. how is the cabinet feeling7 what is the mood7 policy is the cabinet feeling7 what is the mood 7 policy issues is the cabinet feeling7 what is the mood7 policy issues with the speech, not just her mood7 policy issues with the speech, notjust her voice mood7 policy issues with the speech, not just her voice but mood7 policy issues with the speech, notjust her voice but the mood7 policy issues with the speech, not just her voice but the fact that stuff was the stage behind her. people will say this is just actual sign of this party in decay. remember what she said in her speech, she said people judge leaders by how they react in adversity. i think the cabinet knows that whatever the sort of, noticing by the media of what happened in the speech, the coughs and so on, we are at an incredibly important movement in our national life with brexit, the biggest decision as a country for over 40 years. we have to get that right and we have a clear vision of getting back control of
our money, laws and borders, compare that the last week where we didn't even debate brexit because we know the labour party is split from top to toe. thank you. people reacting to toe. thank you. people reacting to the speech here and i think obviously downing street and the party hoping that those announcements, significant on housing and energy caps, they will actually take the headlines rather than everything else going on. get a lozenge off the health secretary before he disappears. in a moment the business, but first the headlines. 0ne the business, but first the headlines. one of the most gruelling speeches of her career as theresa may tries to unite her party at the conservative party conference. catalonia will depoitre independence from spain within days, the region barzagli tells the bbc, following sunday's disputed referendum. the european commission has ordered amazon to pay more than £220 million in back taxes to luxembourg where its headquarters are based, after it
ruled the online retailer received an unfair advantage. more on that coming up. hello, the business news. shares have been energy firms have been falling after theresa may promised an energy cap. mrs may said the energy market was broken. profits at tesco soared in the first half of the year. that figure came in at £760 million — a rise of more than 20 per cent. it's also paying dividends for the first time in two years. we'll have more on this in a moment. the new owners of yahoo say all three billion user accounts were affected by a major data hack in 2013 — three times the original estimate. but its thought the stolen information did not include passwords or bank details. our biggest supermarket chain, tesco, had a big fall from grace
three years ago when it has hit by an accounting scandal followed by a management clear—out. but there are signs that it's found its feet again. today it has reported a big rise in half year results — and sales are up too. it's even paying dividends to shareholders again, something it had to scrap in 2015. the boss dave lewis, has been talking to the bbc‘s emma simpson. mollyjohnson—jones is a retail analyst — and joins me. what is it doing right? tesco has just posted its seventh consecutive quarter of growth and i think it is most important that we noticed the turnaround after it started fighting off the discounters. when discounters first really started mark taking market share in the uk, tesco decided to drop all of its prices across the board, which resulted in a big cup to margins and ultimately it wasn't what the consumer wanted. 0ver ultimately it wasn't what the consumer wanted. over the past year and a half we have revamped their
strategy and they are targeting the key consumer goods that people buy every day with foreign brands range and they have revamped stores and made the offering tesco has more releva nt to made the offering tesco has more relevant to customers. it has benefited both sales with more people shopping there are severe growing market share, and also benefited the bottom line and growing profits. so it is focusing on cutting the prices of core brands, but can we really keep on producing the margins? —— reducing. it has announced a £1.5 billion cost saving problem with the aim to get 3.5 - a% saving problem with the aim to get 3.5 — a% margin, before the year 1919-20. i that will be 3.5 — a% margin, before the year 1919—20. i that will be possible, yes, but i cycle 2019—20. the question will be whether they can maintain the margins as well as cut prices for consumers because at the moment it is rising prices 1% less than its competitors. what about the
competition7 surely they will be taking note of what tesco are doing? absolutely, but i think it is a little bit less of a scare for investors than it might seem at first glance because tesco are investing in their margins so they are giving money to the prices so that consumers pay less. 0bviously the other competitors don't want that to happen, because it means it ta kes that to happen, because it means it takes market share away from them because they are more expensive, but i think as inflation continues through 2019 tesco are going to have to stop investing in its prices so there will be price increases to come. molly, thank you. a quick look at the markets. the ftse has been losing some of its gains. tesco, their results have not ignited the ftse. there has also been a drag on the markets because i'll crude oil has been on the slide. shares in centrica are down.
sse has also fallen by around 3.7%. that is it from me. simon, back to you. ben brown is with the news that too. with the forecast is alina jenkins. a bit ofa with the forecast is alina jenkins. a bit of a north—south split across the country. southern areas holding onto sunshine. a lovely afternoon in parts of cornwall that part of sunshine and more logan yesterday, but for the net that is a more different picture. persistent rain across northern england, northern ireland, western parts of scotland. that will continue to this afternoon and the saving. it will only become more persistent across northern ireland and western and southern scotla nd ireland and western and southern scotland seeking its way down into wales and mainly into northern parts of the midlands. the contrast further north and east across scotla nd further north and east across scotland a few blustery showers but also some sunshine and strong winds will slowly start to ease. a really
wet rush hour across western scotland, northern ireland, northern england, that rain extending down into parts of wales and northern midlands. the other side it should be largely dry. the best of any bride was spells here but more cloud than we saw yesterday. more of a breeze. somewhat cooler. this area of low pressure will continue to bring some persistent rain for northern ireland, southern scotland, northern ireland, southern scotland, northern ireland, southern scotland, northern ireland, —— northern england. rain and strong winds for wales, midlands and east anglia. a milder night than the one just gone. the strength of the winds give us some cause for concern. particularly through the central part of the country to the early hours. that could bring some branches down and perhaps some disruption to travel. something we are keeping an eye on. blustery started thursday for central and southern england and that rain will clear south and then behind it and the sunshine although will be a few showers feeding across
on that both north—westerly wind. and the strength of the wind will make it feel cool even though the thermometer may read 1a—17. through tomorrow evening and overnight those winds slowly ease and thermos of the country it will be fairly clear skies which means through the early hours of friday morning rules spots could see a touch of frost. ed joyce. wherever you are and for much of friday there is a fine day. a bit of friday there is a fine day. a bit of cloud creeping through the west as the day wears on. it'll connect to this weather front which will publicly across the country on saturday. that'll bring some pics of rain. for many parts of the country. not raining all the time so don't read today but there will be of other sunshine but certainly a wet day than so far this week, sunday by contrast should be mainly dry with a few bright was on its hills. maybe a little bit of render the this is bbc news. i'm ben brown. the headlines at 2.00pm: a gruelling day for theresa may at tory party conference, as she struggles through her keynote speech. coughing.
the prime minister battled through repeated coughing fits. as the chancellor came to her rescue with a cough sweet. i hope you noticed that, ladies and gentlemen. the chancellor giving away something free. her speech was also interrupted after a prankster emerges from the audience and hands her a sheet of paper marked pa5. the prime minister promised to build council homes for a new generation and apologises for not delivering the election victory her party had hoped for.